Mainland Inn restoration looks for a chef

Mainland Inn

The revival of the Mainland Inn in Lower Salford, Montgomery County, has run into a hitch.

Although new owners Sloane Six and J. Scott Clemens had expected to reopen this fall, unspecified delays have pushed the public opening to February, said a representative for the project.

One important piece is the chef: Steve Eckerd, chef at Le Bec-Fin at its closing, is no longer attached to the project. The rep said the parting was amicable.

Eckert said he would be working at Little Fish in Bella Vista, as chef/owner Chadd Jenkins soon will lose the services of Justin and Jonathan Petruce, who are opening Petruce et al. on Walnut Street. Eckerd also plans to stage in Europe.

Meanwhile, Six and Clemens - who own Quarry Hill Farm - are working with "some top, local chefs in order to find a new, permanent chef de cuisine who shares their culinary vision." They want to offer "a fresh and healthy dining experience that is elegantly rich with natural flavors."